How to Replace an Electrical Outlet

How to Replace an Electrical Outlet

How to Replace an Electrical Outlet. If your old outlet has become so loose that
a cord barely stays in place, it’s time to change it. It’s not just an annoyance—it’s a hazard. You will need A flathead screwdriver A digital
camera A new outlet Wire cutters and voltage detector. Working with electricity is very dangerous
— be extremely careful and, if you have any doubts, contact a professional. Step 1. Cut the power to the outlet by flipping the
circuit breaker or removing the fuse at the main panel. If you have a voltage detector, test that
the power is off by inserting the tip of it into the outlet’s smaller slot. Or just plug in an electrical fixture that
you know is in working condition and test it. Step 2. When you’re certain the power is off, unscrew
and remove the outlet cover. Step 3. Unscrew and remove the outlet itself from
the electrical box. Notice how the wires are connected to it,
either by two screws on the sides of the outlet, or fastened to the back. Take a digital picture of the back of the
outlet so you’ll have a reference of what wire attaches where. Step 4. Detach the wires. If they are attached on the side by screws,
loosen the screws with the screwdriver. If they’re inserted in holes in the back,
place the screwdriver in the slot located next to each hole to release the wire. Step 5. Take your old outlet to the hardware store
and purchase a new one just like the old one. Step 6. Install the new outlet by connecting the green
or bare copper ground wire first. Bend the tip of the wire into a loop with
the wire cutter and curl it around the screw in a clockwise direction. Use the screwdriver to tighten the screw into
place. You’ll need about half an inch of bare wire
to wrap around the screw; if you don’t have enough, use the wire cutters to remove excess
insulation. Step 7. Connect the white wire, followed by the rest
of the wires. Step 8. Replace the outlet in the electrical box,
making sure the green or bare copper grounding wire is not touching the other wires. Step 9. Replace the outlet cover. Step 10. Turn the power back on. You can use a voltage detector to check the
outlet for power, or test it with an appliance. Congratulate yourself for a job well done. Did you know Electricity travels at the speed
of light — more than 186,000 miles per second!

55 thoughts on “How to Replace an Electrical Outlet

  • it depends where you live. in a lot of places you need a permit for some or all stuff

    but honestly screw a permit, this is so easy

  • I already know how to do this, its pretty easy and you dont have to cut off the power, simply dont touch the screws in the outlet and if you do its not a big scary shock its just a little pinch that tickles you. and use any screw driver it doesnt matter. Put the white wires on the gold screws and the black wire on the black screws, simple.

  • but i know how to do it safely myself and have extensively studied both a code book and a DIY book both on wiring. i am probably more careful than a lot of electricians, i know some who don't even kill the breaker to work on fixtures!

  • Don't depend on this video. If you don't know what you are doing, then you won't know if you are doing it wrong. And there are frequently tons of wires packed in there, making it difficult to work with. Frequently the wires are very old with the insulation brittle and falling off right in your hands.
    At 1:45 it shows the neutrals all connected (poorly) to the receptacle, basically using the receptacle as if it were a wire nut. This used to be standard but is no longer acceptable.

  • You don't know what you are talking about. There is no "positive" and "negative" here because this is AC. You are thinking about what you learned in high school about DC.
    "Electrical power outside the confines of the circuit" isn't "cross wiring" it is SHORT CIRCUIT!
    At least you know not to try to do this work yourself. That's definitely right.

  • basically if you really want to change the receptacle.. unscrew thereceptacle out and check it there's more than two wires on each side.. if thats the case then it should be prety easy (white wires go on the silver screws and black wires go on the gold screw and the copper goes on the green screw)

  • @russdonruss sorry, by code book i didn't mean that i'd studied the electrical code, i meant that i'd read those books on how to do code-compliant work that are usually written by people like electrical inspectors (at least the one everyone gets in my area is written by our former inspector). anyways i didn't say that i'm more cautious than all electricians, but a lot of electricians that i know (some of my friends' dads) don't even turn off the breaker before opening a junction box, which i do

  • @trucksoner it's called "electrical code simplified", so that's why i called it "the code book", everyone i know calls it that even though it's a bit misleading

  • @Nornamwiley hot is never referred to as positive, it is often called the negative, but even this isn't correct AC terminology

  • Admittedly, backcraft2 is right that electricity doesn't travel @ the speed of light. However there are other factors that determine how fast current travels. Not that this matters to the typical Joe who may not have much experience with electrical work & just wants to safely change their outlet without turning themselves into a briquette or paying a fortune having someone do it for them, which this video does sufficiently.

    So, minus several points for physics, but kudos for the rest! 🙂

  • @blackcraft2 If electricity travels at the speed of light why are we replacing old copper telephone wires to much faster fiber optic lines? because light moves much faster. I agree with your logic.

  • this video sucks…you are helping ppl set fire. if you are going to make a video give more info….tell them were the blk wire goes and were the white wire goes.


  • No shit????? you want to get technicale, Ungrounded conductor Hot, Grounded conductor Neuteral Grounding conductor Green. Any color can be a ungrounded conductor except green, green with a yellow stripe, white 120v/240 single or 3 ph gray 277v . Hell Ive used pink for control wiring. Tell me something i dont know

  • @blackcraft2 A electric field is created by electrically charged particles, or by time varying magnetic fields; electric fields exert a force on other electrically charged particles.

  • Electric current is defined as the ordered movement of charge. The charge that moves in electricity could be ionic charges in a liquid or a gas. Most of us usually think of electrons as the charge carrier in electricity. Lets refine the question “How fast is a current comprising of moving electrons?”. One ampere of current flows when one Coulomb passes a given point in a circuit in one second. The Coulomb is the unit of charge as is equivalent to 6.25 x 10^18 electrons.

  • The vid forgot to mention what a pain in the ass it is to manipulate those wires, lol. Probably should give people who've never done it before some warning on that!

  • they could have pigtailed those neutrals off of 1 termination…or used 1 neutral for multiple circuits…that just looked like it was more than necessary

  • Light is light from the sun, light from a light bulb is basically generic light since it needs power to run. If light itself was electric we all would be dead plain and simple for the fact the sun light would fry us more than a turkey on thanksgiven.

  • When he installed the wires he didn't do it right. Your suppose to mount the wire on the screw in the direction your turning it not in the opposite direction. That allows for the wire to bite into the screw correctly. Also, the order that you attach the wiring doesn't matter whatsoever. When you bend the wires to make the perfect circle better to use an electricians screw driver with the added prong to make the circle in your wire. Electricity does NOT travel 187K, otherwise good video.

  • That's only true if your not working live. If you are, you should ALWAYS hook the ground on last. The reason being that when it is hooked on, the metal mounting tabs become grounded, and

  • 2) you risk electrocuting yourself if you make contact with both the neutral or hot and the tab at the same time. Or if a wire hits the tab it will arc, probably wouldn't even trip the breaker but you risk damaging the integrity of the wire. So the order of wiring is actually important (in some cases).

  • To all of the complainers, I do not care how fast electricity goes, but I do care how to install a new outlet. I am happy to be able to see on YouTube how to do it. I do like the idea of plugging in a radio and when you hear it go off to know the outlet should not be working. ( I have all of my switches marked. but it is good to be double sure.) I do agree it is important to have a tester. So happy you did not need to swear like the other videos that are up on YouTube. Thanks for posting.

  • Uhm. How did you go from 3 wires in the old one, to 5 wires attached to the new outlet? i need to know how to do a 3 wire.

  • "IN A CLOCKWISE DIRECTION" as he installs the bond wire (bare) counter clockwise!! Cant even follow his own directions ????

  • skipped over the important part… connecting the wires. white…..then what and where? thumbs down

  • Ok apparently electricity is just as fast as light? Electricity and light are too different existences of matter so how could they COINCIDENTALLY be just as fast as one. Then again audio Coaxial cables do use electricity and give out Dolby Digital, DTS, and in my case WMA Pro 5.1 on my Xbox 360 just as well as Toslink cables give the same result with light instead of electricity so I guess the only difference is that electricity is dangerous and causes interference.

  • Using a 'non ratcheting socket wrench' (or similar implement) push the tap out with one sharp bang on a work surface.

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